In our regular Sunday feature, FIFA.com presents you with some of the biggest names in football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.
22. Thiago Silva (29) can look back with pride at one of the most fruitful years of his career, having captained Brazil to FIFA Confederations Cup glory over the summer, not long after propelling Paris Saint-Germain to their first French League title in almost two decades. The tough-tackling centre-back has also enjoyed a good start to this current season, lifting the Trophée des champions in August. His previous international achievements include earning bronze and silver medals at the Olympic Football Tournaments of 2008 and 2012 respectively. After spells with Juventude and Porto, Silva rose to prominence following his move from Dynamo Moscow to Fluminense, where he won the Brazilian Cup and attracted the interest of AC Milan, with whom he claimed the Serie A Championship and Italian Super Cup. The Brazilian defender signed for PSG in July of 2012.
23. Raouf Ben Aziza (60) was part of the Tunisia side that secured a maiden qualification for the FIFA World Cup™ in 1978. At the tournament proper in Argentina, the Eagles of Carthage unexpectedly defeated Mexico and drew with Germany. Earlier that same year, the attacker had participated in the CAF Africa Cup of Nations, where the Tunisians reached the semi-finals. The North African forward began his career with Etoile du Sahel, where he claimed two Tunisian Cups and the Maghreb Champions Cup, and twice finished top scorer in the Tunisian League. Ben Aziza was also named Tunisian Player of the Year in 1978. A transfer to Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr saw him collect two further league winners’ medals.
24. Marco Tardelli (59) hoisted the 1982 FIFA World Cup Spain with Italy, playing in every match and scoring two goals, one against Argentina in the second round and another versus Germany in the Final. He had previously helped La Nazionale attain the last four of the 1978 FIFA World Cup and the 1980 UEFA European Championship. The tireless midfielder started out at Pisa and then Como, before Juventus brought him into the fold in 1975. This would prove to be a pivotal moment in the iconic Italian’s career, as he would go on to clinch five Serie A titles, two Italian Cups, a European Cup, a UEFA Cup, a European Cup Winners’ Cup and a European Super Cup. After ten productive seasons with La Vecchia Signora, Tardelli put pen to paper with Inter Milan, prior to seeing out the remainder of his career with Swiss outfit St. Gallen. Post-retirement, he turned his hand to coaching, taking charge of Como, Cesena, the Italian Olympic side, Inter Milan, Bari and Egypt, among others. He left his most recent position – assistant manager to Giovanni Trapattoni in the Republic of Ireland set-up – earlier this month.
25. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (58) is a living legend of German football, having appeared in three successive FIFA World Cup tournaments with West Germany, reaching the Final in two of them: Spain 1982 and Mexico 1986. In 1980, he was a key component in the team that triumphed at the European Championship. A prolific goalscorer, he began his career with Bayern Munich, with whom he bagged two Bundesliga crowns, two German Cups, two European Cups and an Intercontinental Cup. Rummenigge then exported his skills to Inter Milan, before enjoying a final two-season spell with Geneva-based Servette. The fearsome forward was named German Footballer of the Year in 1980, and European Footballer of the Year in 1980 and 1981. In addition, he finished top scorer in the Bundesliga (three times), the European Cup and the Swiss League.
26. Marco Etcheverry (43) helped Bolivia to return to the FIFA World Cup stage in 1994, the first time they had achieved such a feat since 1950. During La Verde’s successful qualifying campaign, the creative midfielder was instrumental in their historic victory over Brazil, but disappointingly got himself sent off during the opening match of USA 1994 against Germany. He reached the final of the Copa America in 1997, a performance which enabled his nation to compete in the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup. At club level the South American midfield man has pulled on the jerseys of Destroyers, Bolivar, Albacete, Colo Colo, America Cali and DC United, scooping three MLS Cups, a US Open Cup, a CONCACAF Champions League crown and a Copa Interamericana with the Washington-based outfit. While with United, Etcheverry was loaned out to Ecuadorian giants Barcelona and Bolivian side Oriente Petrolero, winning a national league title on each occasion.
27. Shinji Ono (34) played a major part in Japan’s maiden qualification for the FIFA World Cup, at France 1998, and subsequently played in the 2002 and 2006 events. The dynamic attacking midfielder also represented his country at the 1995 FIFA U-17 World Cup, the 1999 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where the Asians lost in the final, and the 2000 AFC Asian Cup, where they emerged victorious. The following year, the Numazu-born playmaker played in the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup, and later starred at the 2004 Olympic Football Tournament. Ono enjoyed two successful stints at Urawa Red Diamonds, where he won the J. League title and AFC Champions League, and finished third at the FIFA Club World Cup. The Japanese international defended the colours of a handful of foreign clubs, including Feyenoord, Bochum, and current employers Western Sydney Wanderers. He was voted Asian Player of the Year in 2002.
28. Claudio Borghi (49) held aloft the 1986 FIFA World Cup with Argentina. During his varied club career, the attacking midfielder plied his trade for Argentinos Juniors, River Plate, Colo Colo, Flamengo and Italian side Como, among others. After hanging up his boots, Borghi coached Colo Colo, Boca Juniors, Independiente and the Chilean national team.